Some people love to hear about the most untold places around the world. There is an island that most people have not heard of. It is the Canary Islands, and even though it was tiny, more than 2 million people live in on it. Just look at these 9 top things about the Canary Islands, whether you heard about it before.  

1. It is located in the African continent.

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As you already know, Spain is on two continents. The Canary Islands belong to the African part of Spain. The Canary Islands located in the southwest of Spain and northwest of Africa. It is one of the Spain autonomous communities that is nearly 1600km away.

2. The Canary Islands are made up of seven islands.

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Tenerife is the largest and the rest of islands are Fuerteventura, Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, La Palma, La Gomera and El Hierro. Tenerife is famous for its Playa de las Américas beach that runs through an oval shape that can hold many tan lovers at once. 

3. It has a hot-cold mixed temperature.

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The last time a Canary volcano erupted was in 1971. However, in 2011, an underwater volcano erupted. So the heat comes from volcanoes. But, because the island is mostly experiencing sea breeze, it avoids getting too much warmer. The temperature approximately varies from 18C to 30C as you go inland from the shore. 

Canary Island has a hot-cold mixed temperature since it has been a volcanic ground and a shore area. The oldest volcano in the Canary Islands is located in Tenerife island. 

4. The Canary Islands also have good wildlife.

The mist flowing through the tops of the trees in forests adds extraordinary beauty to the Canary Islands. Although the island is small, more than half of the island is covered by the ecoregion. More than 4600 square kilometers are consisting of the ecoregion, which includes primarily dry woodlands. Despite the scarcity of freshwater sources and the heat of the volcanoes flowing through it, these lush dry forests bring great beauty to the island.

5. Spain's highest peak lies in the Canary Islands.

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Mount Teide, at 3718 meters, is the highest point in Spanish territories, and it is a volcano that is active. It is located in the Teide National park which was one of the canary islands points of interest places. The last time it erupted was in 1909. Mount Tiede is a Stratovolcano which means that it has a conic shale with much steep.

6. Jean de Béthencourt started the Kingdom of the Canary Islands.

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By order of Henry III, Jean de Béthencourt became the king of these islands as he invaded the island in 1404. Until 1425, when he ruled the island, the capital was Betancuria. From there capital was changed to Teguise as the Maciot de Béthencourt, became the king of the Canary Islands in 1425. He was the nephew of the previous king, and he ruled the island until 1448.

7. There are two facts about the island's name.

Atlantic canary is a bird species, and it is said that the specie was originated around the Canary Islands. That's why the island name after the bird name.

And also, since Canary Island is in the Atlantic ocean and there are more sea dogs(seals) than others oceans. Around the Canary Islands, the sea dog population is so high. The name is used for call dog in Latin has some similarities with the name of the island.

Either the name derived from the abundant birds or abundant sea dogs.

8. The small Canary Islands has two capitals.

Even though the Canary Islands has a small area, the island has two capital cities. Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the largest city on the island, and it is one of the capitals. The other capital is Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

9. It is the 8th most populous territory.

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Recent reports show that Canary Island has a population density of more than 280 km^2 which is very high. As you hear that, you might be thinking that it is a buzzing island to visit, but it is not. Because more than 80 percent of the island's population is inhabited around its two capitals since the rest of the island is occupied by fewer residents.